The first time I make Churros is in a class. Master Baking Program in Los Angeles. I have included those photos. I take them with an old iPhone while working on my assignment. They are not very good. I could edit them to be better but I include them as they are so that those of you that fear the kitchen most will see you can do it. Everything doesn’t have to look like a magazine worthy photo to be beyond delicious. So, the first round may not be so pretty but I promise, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or dipped in chocolate you will not be disappointed in your efforts. No matter what.
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
Chocolate for dunking:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups milk
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
- To make the churro dough: Combine 1 cup of water with the butter or margarine and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour. Reduce the heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove the dough from the heat and, while stirring constantly, gradually beat the eggs into the dough.
- To make the chocolate for dunking: In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 1 cup of milk and reserve. Combine the chocolate with the remaining cup of milk in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, melt the chocolate over medium-low heat. Whisk the sugar and the dissolved cornstarch into the melted chocolate mixture. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking constantly, until the chocolate is thickened, about 5 minutes. (Add extra cornstarch if it doesn’t start to thicken after 5 minutes.) Remove the pan from the heat and whisk until smooth then reserve in a warm place.
- Heat about 2 inches of oil in a heavy, high-sided pot over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 360 degrees F. Mix the sugar with the cinnamon on a plate and reserve.
- Meanwhile, spoon the churro dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip. Squeeze a 4- inch strip of dough into the hot oil. Repeat, frying 3 or 4 strips at a time. Fry the churros, turning them once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked churros to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
- When the churros are just cool enough to handle, roll them in the cinnamon-sugar (in Spain churros are simply rolled in sugar.)
- Pour the chocolate into individual bowls or cups. Serve the warm churros with the chocolate dip
***This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Until Next Time…